Scientific Program

The final program of the Conference and slides of talks are available here

The scientific program will include the following topics:
Hot and dense matter
B Neutrino physics
B Nuclear and particle astrophysics  and cosmology
B Hadronic structure, hypernuclei, exotics
B The Standard Model, physics beyond the Standard Model and search for new particles
B Heavy flavor, CP violation and rare decays
B QCD, spin physics and chiral dynamics
B Fundamental symmetries and conservation laws
B Future facilities and detectors

The scientific program consists of five plenary sessions in the mornings and five parallel sessions in the afternoons. One day lectures for students is planned on Sunday, November 9th. A poster session is planned in the afternoon of Tuesday, November 11, 2008.


PANIC08 – Overview of Scientific and Social Program









        Student Day 

Plenary 1A


Plenary 2A

Fundamental Symmetries, Heavy Flavour

Plenary 3A


Plenary 4A

In memoriam: Zeev Fraenkel
Hot and Dense Matter

Plenary 5A

Young Scientist Awards


Coffee Break


Plenary 1B


Plenary 2B

Heavy Flavour, SM

Plenary 3B

Spin Physics

Plenary 4B

Hot, Dense and Strange Matter

Plenary 5B



Lunch Break

Lunch/ Adjourn


Parallel Session

Parallel Session III

Conference Excursion

Parallel Session IV






Coffee Break


Coffee Break


Parallel Session II

Poster Session Cheese & Wine

Parallel Session V



Public Science Lecture

Conference Banquet




Program of Plenary Sessions

See the complete program of the conference for the detailed agenda of the plenary sessions.

Parallel Sessions

The parallel sessions will take place in the afternoons and will address the variety of topics covered by the conference. They will consist of a few invited talks and mainly contributed presentations selected by the conveners from the abstracts submitted to the conference. Below is the list of topics, the corresponding conveners and the list of invited speakers. See the complete program of the conference for the detailed agenda of the parallel sessions.


Poster Session

A poster session is scheduled in the afternoon of Tuesday, November 11. Cheese and wine will be provided during the session.
Posters will stay up for viewing and discussion during the breaks, till Thursday afternoon, ensuring that they will receive due attention and exposure. Please hang your poster on Monday and remove it by Thursday afternoon, November 13th, 2008, not before 16:30. The dimensions of the poster boards are height: 170cm and width: 90cm. Technical supplies will be available for hanging posters. Please check the Book of Abstracts upon arrival for your poster board number.

Those interested in printing their posters at the Conference venue may contact Ms. Sivan at Max Studio in Eilat at: or +972-8-6339555 or mobile +972-52-8377366. The company can do the printing of an individual poster within one working day for the cost of 90 NIS ($25) without lamination or 120 NIS ($33) with lamination, and they will bring the poster to the Dan Eilat hotel (conference venue). The payment should be done directly to the company by credit card. They need to receive a converted PDF file without crop marks.
The posters may also be sent by overnight mail to:
Dan Eilat Hotel
c/o Mrs. Alona Baradon – Banquet Manager
For the PANIC08 conference
Hotel Area, North Beach
Eilat 88101
Phone number: 972-8-6362206

List of posters is available here

Student Day

A one day lectures for students will be held on Sunday November 9, 2008. The aim is to provide a total of 6h tutorial lectures on the main topics of the conference, introducing main concepts and results, so that students can contribute to, and get maximum benefit from, the conference. Present list of lecturers:

The final program for the students day is available here

Public Science Lecture


On Tuesday, November 11, at 18:30 there will be a public science lecture on:

Ecology of the Gulf of Aqaba
Amatzia Genin
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Inter-university Institute for Marine Sciences Eilat

Abstract: The Gulf of Aqaba is a unique ecosystem in the world's warm oceans. It provides a remarkable example of the tight connection between Geology (bottom topography), Physics (currents, stratification, heat flux), Chemistry (dissolved nutrients), and Biology (corals, algae). In particular, the year-round prevalence of high water temperature in Eilat, the Gulf's northernmost point, makes it possible, through combined environmental processes, for diverse coral reefs to develop. The lecture will describe the geophysical and climatic conditions at the Gulf of Aqaba, focusing on the physical-chemical-biological processes that determine the life and death of corals in the local reefs.

Brief CV: Amatzia Genin obtained his BSc and MSc in biology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD in Biological Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. In 1987, after a postdoctoral period at Scripps, he returned to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, serving as a resident scientist at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat, where he is now a Professor of Biological Oceanography. His research focuses on the coupling between physical and biological processes in the marine environment.
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